I am part of a small “all women” singing group called Secret Women’s Business. There are about 20 of us, we’ve been together for two years and we sing two, three and four part harmonies. We all belong to one or more of the four Born to Sing Choirs located in Rockingham, Joondalup, Melville and Guildford in metropolitan Perth, Western Australia. I’m part of the Guildford choir on a Thursday night and I meet with the SWB ladies on a Saturday morning.
Singing with these wonderful women is a fantastic experience. We have so much fun and laughter as we learn new, and sometimes challenging, harmonies. Some we struggle with and Martin (our fantastic and very patient choir master) puts them on the back burner for a while, to come back to later. Others we just keep persevering with until they finally click into place. One of those is the version of Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole (known as Iz). Unfortunately his life was very short but he produced this lovely and different version ….
This song has really been a challenge for all of us but it finally came together and this last weekend we performed Iz’s version of Over the Rainbow, together with Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow; Day and Night; Prayer; The Boy From New York City and a “tongue in cheek” version of Wishin’ and Hopin’ that we call Thrillin’ and Longin’. We performed at a Lifestyle Expo at the Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday and on Sunday at the Rockingham Cruising Club for the Red Hat ladies “Pearls and Tiaras” function.
Both performances were a great experience … the Expo because we didn’t have a “captive” audience sitting in front of us, just a small number who sat down to eat lunch and perhaps to listen to this group of women on the stage. The pavilion was full of stalls and people browsing and we noticed that many people in the very large, open area were listening and moving to our music, so that was quite heartening. Later we had a stall holder rush over to ask how to book us for a performance, so we could possibly have another gig coming up in the near future👌
The Red Hat ladies were a totally difference experience. They were a fantastic, friendly audience and we were the entertainment for their function. Their response to our introductions and songs was amazing and very uplifting. We were even asked for an encore but unfortunately we hadn’t even anticipated that happening 🙀 and didn’t have a song prepared, but they have said they will be having us back 👍 so we’ll make sure we have an extra song or two ready for an encore next time 😉
As I deal with depression, these two “Cs” … crocheting and choir … help keep me on track. The crocheting keeps my mind concentrating on design, colours, stitches and patterns, and creating beautiful accessories and functional pieces of work. Singing with the BTS choir and SWB takes me out of myself to another place where I become part of a harmonious whole and contribute to beautiful sounds. Research has shown that singing is of great benefit for those with mental illness such as depression, anxiety and panic attacks and I can certainly attest to that.
So here we are, Secret Women’s Business, after our Saturday performance. I love singing with these fantastic ladies ❤. I’m the pink haired one with glasses in the front/middle 😍
If you’re interested in listening to some of our SWB and BTS videos, you can find them by clicking on this link or clicking on the “choir” tab at the top 🌈🔆💐